Christian hypocrisy

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Jesus Is More Interesting Than Anything ‘Religion’ Has to Offer

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” Matthew 23:27 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

Abandoned Pets, Lost Lego and the Prospect of Nuclear Annihilation

This past week, our young son showed me once again how very far I have to go in terms of having a vibrant prayer life. He did so, unwittingly, by simply running to prayer himself. In the course of our weeklong family vacation on the coast of Maine, he had two very specific prayers answered…so

Pursuing Healthy Eating via ‘Heart Surgery’

The latest health-care statistics tell us that seven in ten Americans could stand to lose at least a little weight but, apparently, the majority of that 71% have grown weary of the demoralizing cycle of trying-and-failing, trying again and failing again. According to TIME magazine’s June 5th cover story, we Americans have never been more

Away from God, Toward the Buffet Line

Next month, by God’s grace and inexhaustible mercy, I look forward to celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and illicit drugs. As that date draws near, it would probably be wise for me to recall that my first day on this 20-year journey was preceded by approximately three years of halting attempts and failures.

For True Change, Consult the Author of ‘All Things New’

Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this

Happily Falling for the Greatest Swindle Ever

Everyone – and in this one instance I really do mean absolutely everyone, myself included – tends to respond to personal moral failures by seeking the false comfort afforded by listening to the relentless inner voice that stubbornly insists, “Come on! You’re a pretty good person!” And once we accept the proposition that we are,

Now Departing Sheol and Abaddon; Passengers Boarding at Gate C12

Saturday, Aug. 8: It’s only 7:30 in the evening and yet, spiritually-speaking, I feel like I have been dragged behind a pickup truck for 300 miles over broken glass mixed with battery acid. My wife and I, along with our young son, have had what can only be described as a disastrous day of travel.

Who Are You…Really?

My ears always perk up when I hear someone use the common phrase, “I’m a good person,” or – even more revealing – “We’re good Christians.” Most often, the person speaking is simply trying to make some sort of distinction between themselves (or their people group) and those who commit horrific sins against others, perhaps

I’m a Hypocritical Christian

Hypocrisy is a common criticisms many outsiders leveled against today’s church. Defensive Christians respond that the church is a place for sinners, so of course it’s filled with sinful people. Others respond that overzealous “fundamentalists”give Christ a bad name. Neither of these answers are fully right or wrong, but both fail to take responsibility for a legitimate critique.